The parents, Judy and Dennis Shepard, had flown from Saudi Arabia where the father works in the oil industry, to be with their son.
Shepard had been in critical condition and on life support since when he arrived at the hospital Wednesday night. Police have said gay bashing and robbery were motives in the beating. Shepard led an openly gay life as a student at the university.
Two men are in custody for the attack and their girlfriends, who allegedly have provided them alibis and helped hide bloody clothes, have been charged as accessories after the fact.
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